Intel announced details on the release of its next generation of universal cable connectivity solution, the Thunderbolt 4. This new solution offers an increased minimum requirement for performance, extended capabilities and USB4 compliance. Thunderbolt 4 will provide up to four ports and up to two meters universal cable. Intel’s new mobile PC processors will be the first to integrate Thunderbolt 4.
Aside from this, the new universal cable solution will have its controller 8000 series which is compatible with millions of Thunderbolt 3 PCs and accessories already present in the market. The Thunderbolt 4 developer kits and certification testing are now available.
“Thunderbolt provides consumers with a leading connectivity standard across a range of devices, helping to advance computing experiences and delivering on the promise of USB-C
with simplicity, performance and reliability,” said Jason Ziller, Intel general manager of the Client Connectivity Division.
This solution delivers capabilities for bringing together computers to data, video, and power with the simplicity of one Type-C USB port. To maintain Intel’s world-class customer experience and compatibility, the brand continues to work closely with its trusted suppliers from computers, accessories and cables.
Thunderbolt 4 is an innovation child of Thunderbolt 3 where the user can experience universal cable connectivity. This new solution guarantees to deliver 40 Gb/s speeds and data, video and power over a single connection. So far, it is the most comprehensive Thunderbolt specification ever made with compliance across a large set of industry-standard specifications like USB4, DisplayPort and PCI Express (PCIe).The Thunderbolt 4 controller 8000 will be made available later this year which also includes the JHL8540 and JHL8340 host controllers for computer makers and the JHL8440 device controller for accessory makers.
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